Update on Visiting BirdsPosted: January 17, 2018
We have had below freezing temperatures for 2 days now and the backyard has become a refuge for hungry birds. The flock of Goldfinches has enlarged and has been joined by Redwing Black Birds, Blue Jays, Red-bellied Woodpeckers, and a Dark-eyed Junco, along with all the year-round regulars. I refilled the feeders and covered the ground under them with seed several times.
Because freezes happen so seldom here and rarely keep things frozen for more than a few hours, I completely forgot about providing water until I saw my Yellow-rumped Warbler pecking at frozen water. I quickly put out several containers of water.
I was very concerned about the Hummingbird, not knowing if it would make it through the freezing night. During the day I had been replacing the frozen sugar water and at first light today, I hung out fresh feeders. And happily, the Hummer came!
As I was sitting at my kitchen table writing this post and glancing out of the window at the birds, two suddenly hit the window followed by a hawk. I guess all the birds are hungry today. Now the feeders are empty and the garden is silent. They will come back.